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Union Pacific Railroad has settled a lawsuit filed by more than 40 people over a railroad accident that happened in 2003. Box cars came unhooked from a train and crashed into houses and injured people. The train accident happened in Commerce.

David Benjamin, an attorney for the families, says an agreement was reached with more than 40 people from several families during day-long negotiations yesterday before an L-A County Superior Court judge.

Details of the settlement were not disclosed but he says, “for us it comes out a very happy ending” after four years of legal action.

The investigation into the accident revealed the box cars were not fastened properly, allowing 31 cars to derail.

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